Four years in review: Class of 2020 Looking back on the significant events and trends during our years at west


The First day of school - August 2016

Maine West welcomes the class of 2020, introducing them to West's traditions, such as the fight song.

Colin Kaepernick kneels during National Anthem - September 2016

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem, creating controversy nationwide, to bring attention to the issues of police brutality and racial inequality.

Flyover Assembly - September 2016

ABC News flew over the Maine West stadium, showcasing West's fans and band in action. Students created different shapes on the football field as ABC broadcasters hovered over the school in a helicopter. Maine West students got to school at 5:30 a.m. for the chance to be on the news and share the Warrior spirit!

Clown sightings - October 2016

Reports of sighting people disguised as clowns flooded all platforms of social media. The phenomenon spread to many cities all over the United States.

Cubs world series - November 2016

The Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. People all across Chicago joined the celebration parade in honor of the champions.


Fortnite - July 2017

The online video game, Fortnite, was released. Its easy, free access made the game rise in popularity. Fortnite remains popular to this day.


Maine West students attended an outdoor assembly to watch the fully visible solar eclipse in which every student was given a pair of glasses to view the natural wonder.

Me Too movement becomes global - October 2017

By October 31, 2017, more than 80 women--including some of Hollywood’s most famous stars--came out with sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. This encouraged women across the globe to come forward and speak out about their own experiences with sexual harassment. #Metoo trended all over social media platforms as women shared their stories.

Walkout to honor victims of parkland school shooting - March 2018

After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, hundreds of thousands of students walked out of classes nationwide and raised their voices to call for stronger gun control.


Brett Kavanaugh hearings - September 2018

After Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump to become a Supreme Court Justice, senators heard graphic testimony from Stanford professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh. People from across the country, including many Maine West students, tuned in to watch her testimony and the Senate vote.

MW Football team wins first playoff Game - October 2018

The football team qualified for playoffs and got to rematch Benet Academy, the school West lost to in the previous year. The Warriors took the win 20-18, marking the first time in history that the Maine West football team won a playoff game.

Longest government shutdown - December 2018 until January 2019

After Congress and President Trump couldn't compromise over a budget, the government went into a shutdown. Beginning on December 22, 2018, the federal government shut down for a total of 35 days, surpassing the then-current record of 21 days in 1995-1996.

State Basketball champs - March 2019

The girls varsity basketball team took the state title after ending the season with a perfect record of 35-0. This was their first state title since 1988. The Warrior spirit was incredibly high as the girls took the state title with a perfect record!

Royal Wedding - May 2018

The groom, Prince Harry, a member of the British royal family, married American actress Meghan Markle to become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. People all over the world tuned in to watch the royal wedding.


Wildfires in Australia -September 2019

A combination of the worst drought in years, climate change, strong winds, and the middle of the summer season all brought on Australian wildfires. The fires first sparked in September 2019 later causing about 27 million acres to burn. People all around the globe have put in efforts to help the cause.

Area 51 Raid - September 2019

What began as a joke on Facebook of "storming" Area 51 soon gained a lot of popularity. The event "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All Of Us," was scheduled to raid the mysterious Area 51 on September 20, 2019 and millions marked themselves as planning to attend. Small groups showed up to gates in Nevada. West's homecoming theme for this year, Out of this World, was based on this trending joke.


Donald Trump was the third president in the history of the United States to be impeached by the House of Representatives. His acquittal by the Senate allowed him to still remain in office after his impeachment.

Us and iran Tensions - January 2020

President Trump ordered an airstrike on Iran’s top general, Qassim Soleimani, while Soleimani was in Iraq, killing him. Tensions have been high ever since, as the timing behind the air strikes seemed unclear and controversial to many. Social media platforms flooded with the fright of a potential World War 3.

Kobe Bryant's Death - January 2020

One of the most well known and loved basketball players, L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna, Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan on January 26, 2020. This left people all over the globe devastated over this loss.

Presidential Race - February 2020

Having watched the Democratic candidates debate, many seniors got their first chance to vote during the Illinois presidential primary, which came after a month of caucuses and primaries throughout the nation. This Nov. 3, Vice President Joe Biden will take on President Donald Trump for the presidency.

Coronavirus pandemic - March, April, May 2020

Due to the spread of COVID-19 creating a global pandemic, schools and businesses across the globe are shut down. Stay-at-home orders are given, e-learning begins, and anyone exposed must quarantine for 14 days. To many, it seems as if the world has come to a halt. By mid-May, more than 84,000 Americans had died and more than 1.4 million Americans had tested positive in the three months since the first documented US case.

Maine 207 Shuts Down - April 2020

Approximately a month into stay-at-home orders being introduced, schools nationwide, including Maine West, began to announce that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. Classes and senior festivities are now online. Everyone is unsure of what the future will look like and when the world will return to normalcy.

Created with work by Malaika Zaidi (editor-in-chief), Clare Olson (asst. news editor), and Suzy Linek (sports editor).